All posts tagged: micro-flora

MICROORGANISMS AND THE HUMAN BIOME

No discussion on food preservation and LABs would be complete without some consideration of the LABs that reside in and on the human being. The scientific literature refers to them as the human biome. Some alternative literature refers to them as the human micro-flora or human eco-system. Take your pick – the essential thing to remember is that we are just beginning to understand how essential these tiny life forms are to our continued good health. There are literally trillions of bacteria residing in our guts, our mouth, our scalp, our skin and every single orifice from top to toe; 100 trillion bacteria reside in the human gut alone many more in our mouth, our nose and the female vagina; there are 10 times more bacterial cells in our body than there are human cells; the total weight of the bacteria residing in and on the human body weighs approximately 1 kg – the same weight as many of our organs. It is estimated that up to 60% of our human biome resides permanently in …